Election of Full-Time Student Members to the Fredericton Senate Regulations

(As Approved by Senate on 21 January 1997; 16 October 2012) 

Authority

Pursuant to S. 74 of the UNB Act, the Fredericton Senate makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred to provide for the election of student members to the Senate. 

Interpretation

  1. "Senate" means the Fredericton Campus Senate;
  2. "eligible student" means a full-time undergraduate student, as defined for fee assessment purposes by the Comptroller, who has completed registration, on the Fredericton campus;
  3. "in good academic standing" means having a grade point average of 2.0 or above for the courses attempted within the most recent assessment period preceding the election, and not being placed on academic probation or being required to withdraw from the University subsequently at any time and up to the end of the term of office;
  4. "member" means a full-time student member of Senate appointed or elected under these regulations;
  5. "posted" means posted in conspicuous places on bulletin boards near entrances to main academic buildings on the Fredericton campus;
  6. "published" means printed in newspapers or bulletins on the Fredericton campus;
  7. "Secretary" means the Secretary of Senate;
  8. "Council" means the Student Union Council on the Fredericton Campus;
  9. "year" means the "regular academic year" as defined in the UNB Act, viz; "the period of time from the date set for the general commencement of lectures in the month of September in an academic year to the date set for the conclusion of Encaenial exercises in that academic year, inclusive."

Elections 

  1. An election for the return of a member shall be held in accordance with these Regulations whenever the term of a member in office is to expire, has expired, or ends by reason of resignation or any other cause.
  2. A regular election shall be held in the Winter term on a date determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Chief Returning Officer of the Council.
  3. Special Elections may be held where a vacancy occurs:
    • when the number of members has not been elected during a regular election;
    • because of resignation, ineligibility or any other cause;
    • when the Secretary determines that a member is no longer eligible under these Regulations.
  4. When an election is directed under these Regulations, it may held in conjunction with a Council election.
  5. Notice of election pursuant to these Regulations shall be published and/or posted, and shall contain the following particulars:
    • the number of candidates to be elected;
    • the term(s) of office(s);
    • the eligibility qualifications to stand for nomination and to vote;
    • the place, date and hour for the closing of nominations;
    • the date of the vote.
  6. A published or posted notice containing the particulars in (e) above, shall be deemed to be notice to all eligible candidates and voters.
  7. Elections held under these Regulations shall be subject to the campaign and polling rules approved by the Council; should the Council rules conflict with these Regulations, then these Regulations take precedence.

Eligibility

  1. The Secretary shall be responsible for determining whether or not a nominee is eligible.
  2. A candidate must be an eligible student in good academic standing as defined in 2 (b) and (c).
  3. A candidate for a two-year term must be enrolled in a program which will require at least two years to complete.
  4. A candidate for a one-year term must be enrolled in a program which will require at least one year to complete.
  5. Appeals against a ruling of ineligibility may be made by the nominee, or by a member ruled ineligible under Membership and Term of Office(4), who may be accompanied by a colleague or counsel, to the Senate Nominating Committee, whose findings, which shall be binding and final, shall be reported to the Secretary.
  6. Any eligible undergraduate student at the time of the election may vote.

Nominations

  1. Nominations shall be on a prescribed form available from the Secretary or the Council. (Printable Format)
  2. For each nomination, there shall be a nominator, a seconder and at least twenty (20) supporting signatures, all of whom must be eligible students on the Fredericton campus.
  3. A student must give written consent to being placed in nomination. (Printable Format)
  4. Nominations may be filed either at the office of the Secretary or the Council.
  5. A candidate may withdraw at any time before the close of nominations, and at any time thereafter up to two business days following the close of nominations, by filing a notice of withdrawal at the office of the Secretary or the Council.
  6. The Secretary shall set a closing date for the receipt of nominations which shall be at least two weeks prior to the date of the election.
  7. In the event that when nominations close the number of nominees equals the number of seats vacant, the nominee(s) shall be declared elected by acclamation.
  8. In the event that there are insufficient nominations to fill the declared vacancies, or where necessary for the efficient and orderly conduct of elections (e.g. to provide consistency with other concurrent elections), the Secretary may extend the closing date, provided at least one week separates that date from the date of the election.
  9. In the event of Nominations(8), all seats vacant will remain open until the revised closing date for nominations, and notice shall be given as provided under Elections(5).
  10. In the event that there are insufficient nominations, and the final closing date has been reached, those nominated will be acclaimed and the remaining seat(s) will be filled according to the procedure under Membership and Term of Office(6). 

Membership and Term of Office

  1. The Vice-President Internal for the Student Union shall be an ex--officio member of Senate.
  2. Two members shall be elected for two-year terms, one at each regular election.
  3. Three members shall be elected for one-year terms at each regular election.
  4. Terms of office for elected members shall commence 1 July and end 30 June.
  5. A member who ceases to be an eligible student in good academic standing, ipso facto ceases to be a member under these Regulations; however, an elected Senator who graduates at Encaenia shall continue to be a Senator until 30 June.
  6. A member elected to fill a vacancy caused by (4) above, resignation, or any other cause, shall be elected to complete the term of the former member.
  7. In the event that a vacancy occurs due to resignation, ineligibility, or any other cause, the Council may designate one of its eligible members to serve as an acting member and to attend and vote at meetings of Senate until an election can take place, such election to be held at the earliest possible opportunity. 

Duties of the Secretary

  1. The Secretary, on behalf of Senate, shall have the overall responsibility for the implementation of these Regulations, and shall report to Senate as required by Senate or when (s)he deems it necessary.
  2. The Secretary shall enlist the aid of, and cooperate with, the Chief Returning Officer of Council and any other Council official given responsibility with respect to elections.
  3. Subject to these regulations, an election for student representatives to the Senate would normally be conducted by the Council in conjunction with the Council elections; however, should the Secretary deem it necessary to hold a separate election,(s)he may do so with the consent of Senate or, in the case of time constraints, of the Senate Nominating Committee.
  4. In the event of a tied vote, the election shall be determined by lot (e.g. toss of a coin), carried out by the Secretary in the presence of the candidates or their scrutineers.
  5. The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that no member continues in office who is ineligible, and for notifying a member who becomes ineligible.
  6. Where, in the conducting of an election, a question arises as to procedure that is not covered under these Regulations, the Secretary should make a decision in a manner as best reflects the intentions of these Regulations, and subsequently report it to the Nominating Committee.